Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler spoke in an interview with Rhythm Magazine and revealed that who was his first drum hero. He said:

“I didn’t really have drum heroes. By the time I started playing at 21, I’d missed the teenage ‘hero’ concept in regards to drums. I had those ‘heroes’ you speak of, but they were guitarists like Satriani, McLaughlin, Mustaine, and Malmsteen.

I loved the idea of playing drums like I would play the guitar if I had the same skill set. Your question begs an important note – I was fortunate to not have a drum hero.

It allowed me to incorporate everything I had heard without having to weigh it against what my ‘hero’ would do in that situation.

I can’t speak for them, but I hear the same thing in the drummers I respect the most – Stuart Copeland, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers, Carter Beauford, Gene Hogland, Shannon Larkin, Lars Ulrich, and Gar Samuelson.

‘There are far better drummers out there these days than myself or any of the people I just listed – but the idea of better and the pursuit of that concept is a fool’s errand.

The drummers listed above made a significant difference in the bands they were in. So much so I think it’s fair to say that if you were to remove any one of them from the projects they were a part of, it would have likely been a fatal loss to said project.

They created more than a beat. They brought in an essential voice that had been created through their own grinding up and internalizing of multiple influences and spit back a unique personal sound that wasn’t trying to measure up to or sound like any other person.

The key to this whole thing – from influences and rehearsing – even food and life itself – don’t go down a rabbit hole in search of one thing. Go down all the rabbit holes and check all that shit out! You’ll be surprised at what you can learn from things that may not seem immediately relevant to you.”

Click here to entire interview.